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Model C 12-volt conversion

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04-26-2003 10:19:30

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I purchased my 1944 Model C with its electrical system already converted to a 12-volt system. The work was very clean, but the battery is mounted to the side of the tractor on what appears to be a bracket designed for this purpose. Also, the sheet metal that is in-line with the steering column is formed longer than most and actually covers about half of the space that would have been occupied by the old battery/box. What is interesting though is that the sheet metal appears to be original as it shows light wear, age, has tool box lid etc.. One give-a-way for me though was that it has a decal with many patent numbers, the latest being 1966!

Anyway, my goal is to keep the 12-volt system, but restore the tractor so that it looks like the original. I would like to put the 12 volt battery in-line with the steering column, either in an after-market box, or with a fabricated mounting bracket and either cut my sheet metal to fit or purchase another accepting the space for the 12 volt battery. I would be interested in any advice concering this issue. I have not seen any tractors in the pictures with systems like mine and this extended sheetmetal. However, it appears to me that others would be out there as my existing system was not home-made. Are others replacing 6-volt systems while keeping the original look?

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04-26-2003 22:53:26

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 Re: Model C 12-volt conversion in reply to Mike, 04-26-2003 10:19:30  
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04-26-2003 17:53:30

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 Re: Model C 12-volt conversion in reply to Mike, 04-26-2003 10:19:30  
12 volt conversion is very common. you are right, put the battery back under the steering column where it belongs. you can make a box from sheet metal and a welder, or buy aftermarket boxes, i think about $75.

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Rod (NH)

04-26-2003 11:07:47

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 Re: Model C 12-volt conversion in reply to Mike, 04-26-2003 10:19:30  
Hi Mike,

The longer toolbox was originally used for the crank-start tractors. My '42 B used to have the longer toolbox but it was cut down in order to install the correct battery box when I added electric start some years ago. You can either cut your toolbox back in length or obtain one that was designed for an electric start tractor.

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